A passion for flight led Mr. Donihee to become a single seat fighter pilot (CF104, CF5, & CF18 Hornet) in Canada’s Air Force where he served for twenty-eight years before retiring as an Air Force Colonel.  Colonel Donihee has extensive multinational operational experience having served in NATO operations, as a NATO Battle Commander of forces in Yugoslavia, NORAD Commander in the Arctic and US, and as Wing Commander of CFB Cold Lake, Canada’s largest operational CF-18 fighter base.  For noteworthy excellence in leadership throughout his career, Colonel Donihee was decorated by the Governor General of Canada and inducted into the Order of Military Merit. 

Upon retirement from the RCAF in 2000, Colonel Donihee transitioned to industry in Calgary where he has held a number of executive positions including: VP & Chief of Staff at Pengrowth; Chief Operating Officer at the National Energy Board; VP Organizational Effectiveness at EnCana; and most recently Chief Operating Officer for the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.  A strategic thinker and skilled Governance practitioner, Mr. Donihee is ICD trained and has extensive Board experience having served as a founding Board Member of Projex Technologies; Chair of the Corps of Commissionaires of Southern Alberta; the Board of Directors of Enform, Canada’s upstream oil & gas association dedicated to improving safety performance; and also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Legal Aid Alberta.  Colonel Donihee is a recognized change leader possessing extensive expertise in operational leadership, defence policy, energy policy and regulatory structures.

Colonel Donihee holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the College Militaire Royal.  He has also completed the Queen’s University executive program on Strategic Planning as well as Masters level studies in Systems Integration and Project Management, and the Australian Army’s Command and Staff College focusing on Strategic and Operational Leadership.



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